Don't bother looking for the mythical Blueberry Hill from the old Fats Domino classic. If you want a real thrill, just head to your local grocer or farmers market and get a pint of fresh blueberries.
Blueberries are bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, and the blueberry topped the list, rating highest in its ability to destroy pesky free radicals that can cause everything from heart disease to cancer.
And now, a new study suggests blueberrries help prevent colon cancer. Scientists at Rutgers University and the US Department of Agriculture discovered that pterostilbene, a phyto-compound found in blueberry skins, shows promise in preventing colon cancer and reducing some colon cancer risk factors.
Pterostilbene (pronounced TARE-oh-STILL-bean) is similar to the antioxidant resveratrol found in grapes and red wine. Pterostilbene is also present in grapes, but it's more abundant in blueberries. Researchers aren't really sure how it works, but they're doing more studies to find out.
So, get more blueberries into your diet today, especially if you're at risk for colon cancer. They're great right out of the carton, sprinkled over yogurt or on top of a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, and of course, in a rich, dense, high-fiber muffin.
Try this ChefMD®-approved recipe for a delicious, nutrient-dense smoothie featuring not only the mega powerful blueberry, but two other types of berries, too!
It's called the Triple Berry Blender Blast, and you'll have a real blast making it, and enjoying its amazing health benefits.